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May 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.         May 2018 Edition of Power Politics is updated.
Issue:May' 2018


Attaining new heights

V.P. Prabhakar

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has been adjudged the best public sector hospital for the services toward the promotion of cadaver organ donation by the Union Ministry of Health consecutively for the second year.
Prof Jagat Ram, who has completed one year of directorship at the Institute said that there have been many positive developments during the last one year. PGIMER received 44 cadaver donations in 2017 as compared to 27 the previous year. PGIMER organised 11 Green Corridors, the highest so far.
PGIMER also excelled again in its initiative for Promotion of eye donation. It was conferred "Health Excellence Award" for Leadership and Management in Healthcare at 41st World Hospital Congress organized by International Hospital Federation at Taiwan.
PGIMER accomplished a major milestone and became the first institute in this region to conduct the lung transplant by successfully performing its first lung transplant surgery. A team of more than 20 doctors and supporting staff conducted the surgery of combined Liver and Lung transplant in a patient for the first time in public sector.
The Department of Pediatric Surgery started doing Pediatric Robotic Surgery. The first surgery was successfully operated on an 11-year-old child who had obstruction in his kidneys. Till date more than one thousand robotic surgeries have been done by the Department of Urology, Gynaecology, ENT and Paediatric Surgery.
A new procedure for Liver Cancer was introduced by the interventional radiology section of the Department of Radiodiagnosis. PGI became the first Institute in the country to provide stents and Orthopaedic implants at a cheaper rate for the benefit of the patients.
Arthroplasty implants are supplied through Amrit Pharmacy at reduced rates following an initiative from PGI administration followed by the discussions with the suppliers. All international brands of implants are now available at reduced rates in a transparent manner. The rate list is displayed at the pharmacy.
The Week-Nielsen Survey 2017 ranked PGIMER second best in medical education, research and also multispecialty patient care. PGIMER was judged as the second best for medical education, research and also multispecialty patient care amongst fifteen best institutes in India.
Prof Jagat Ram said that he was trying his best to follow up the pending issues through regular meetings and hospitals rounds. He said," "The PGIMER Satellite Centre at Sangrur, Punjab, is nearing completion. The construction of 250 bedded hospitals at the PGIMER, Chandigarh, is progressing fast. It will be completed by October, 2018. We are holding meetings fortnightly to monitor and review the progress of the proposed centres. Regular rounds of the Hospital, especially Emergency and Advanced Trauma Centre , are being taken.
The average stay of a patient in the Emergency and Advanced Trauma Centre has significantly reduced. Prompt care and management of the patient visiting the emergency and Trauma Centre of the PGI is being done by the consultants and emergency staff on duty. The construction work of the main boundary wall of the PGI is also on its last leg. Day Care OT has been started in the New OPD Block."

Students' councils

The Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, announced in Vidhan Sabha on March 27, 2018 that from the next academic session(2018-19) elections to students' council in colleges and universities across Punjab would be conducted. St udent b o dy e l e c ti o ns we r e bann ed i n 198 4 w hen militancy was as its peak.

Amarinder Singh T he C ongre ss pa r ty had included the students' polls as one of the key items in its election manifesto during the 2017 state assembly elections. Revival of students' bodies was a long standing demand of students as well as political leaders across the state.
In neighbouring Haryana, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had announced on February 19 that student bodies elections in state government universities and colleges would be held in September.
Capt. Amarinder Singh said that student union elections would be held in Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, Punjabi University Patiala, Punjab Technical University, along with their affiliated colleges. The Chief Minister said that since peace and normalcy had returned to Punjab student bodies' polls would be held regularly.
He said that his government was committed to setting up a regulatory authority on functioning of all private and public universities and colleges in Punjab.
He added that a cabinet committee was about to finalise the draft for establishing the regulatory body after due consultations with all stakeholders.
He said : "An advisory group comprising eminent educationists to suggest measures to improve the standards of higher education in the state is also under process."

Grants to state universities, increased

Manpreet Singh Badal The Punjab Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, while presenting his budget in the Punjab Assembly on March 24, 2018, said that the government was proud of Punjab University and was committed to supporting it.
Starting this year, it was decided to enhance the total grant to Punjab University to Rs.
42.62 crore in 2018-19 from the existing Rs. 33 crore. This included an additional grant of Rs. 6 core to help the University meets its past deficit.
The Government also proposed to start two chairs-- Maharaja Agrasen Chair and the Maharna Partap Chair-- at Punjabi University, Patiala. For both the chairs Rs 7 crore each had been allotted.
The grants to the other university in the state, Guru Nanak Dev University , Punjabi University, PAU, GADVASU, Guru Ravi Das Ayurved University and Rajiv Gandhi National Law University were proposed to be enhanced at least by 6 per cent over the previous year's allocations.

Death penalty

The Haryana Assembly on the last day of the budget session (March 15, 2018) passed a bill unanimously which provided for death penalty to those found guilty of raping girls aged 12 or below.
After Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, Haryana has become the third state where the assembly has approved the provision of capital punishment for such sexual offenders. The Criminal Law (Haryana Amendment) Bill, 2018, moved by Ram Bilas Sharma, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, was passed unanimously with the INLD and the Congress members lending their support.